“Adventurous” (NPR Music) River Whyless Utilize Incredible Sum Of Its Parts On Dazzling We All The Light, Out August 26th on Roll Call Records
Hear “All Day All Night” Via NPR Music
Playing Newport Folk Festival And Americana Music Festival, Touring With The Low Anthem This Month
June 7, 2016 - The four members of River Whyless are each tremendous individual talents. On their new album We All The Light, they’ve created a masterful album by bringing their considerable powers together. Out August 26th on Roll Call Records, We All The Light finds the Asheville, N.C.-based band - Ryan O'Keefe (guitars, vocals), Halli Anderson (violin, vocals), Alex McWalters (drums, percussion) and Daniel Shearin (bass, vocals, harmonium, cello, banjo) – collaborating on every track. By trusting each other and utilizing new sounds and sonic directions, River Whyless has crafted 11 songs that work together as a stunning, cohesive whole.
Produced by Justin Ringle of Horse Feathers, the album highlights a newly formed collaborative writing process for River Whyless, which started with the combination of two songs to create standout track “Life Crisis.” The song’s lyrics became a dialogue from both sides of a relationship. And as they do throughout the album, the layered, intricate harmonies and group vocals of the band’s three singers blur the definition of a lead singer, creating one rich voice out of many. This is further illustrated on the album’s lead single “All Day All Night,” written and sung by Shearin, but featuring harmony and backing vocals from Anderson and O’Keefe. The group vocals enhance the song’s potent lyrics, which detail the struggle the song’s subject has with masking pain and trauma via drugs and other destructive behaviors.
Watch a NPR Music Tiny Desk concert and a NPR World Café session from earlier this year to hear early versions of songs from We All The Light. Paste named River Whyless’ 2015 self-titled EP one of top 10 of the year, saying "sometimes it can be hard to stand out in the crowd when you're producing experimental folk rock. Plenty of groups are capable of harmonizing well and turning simplistic rhythms into infectious anthems, but it's rare to find artists who can evoke as much emotion as River Whyless."
The band will head out later this month for a tour with The Low Anthem, and later this summer they will make their Newport Folk Festival debut. River Whyless will also perform at the Americana Music Festival this fall, and a full fall tour is in the works.
River Whyless – 2016 Summer Tour Dates
Jun 16 – Abingdon, VA - Thursday Jams
Jun 18 – Nashville, TN - Musician’s Corner
Jun 19 – Pawling, NY - Daryl’s House *
Jun 20 – Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall *
Jun 21 – Burlington, VT - Higher Ground *
Jun 22- Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall *
Jun 24 – Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall *
Jun 25 – Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s Theatre *
Jun 26 – Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts *
Jun 27 - New York, NY - City Winery *
Jul 20 – Wintergreen, VA - Wintergreen Music Festival
Jul 24 - Newport RI - Newport Folk Festival
Jul 28 – Pueblo, CO - Brues Alehouse
Jul 29 – Riverside, WY - WHAT Fest
Aug 6 – Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
Aug 7 – Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Folk Festival
Aug 10 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
Aug 11 – Davenport, IA - Daytrotter
Aug 12 – Evanston, IL - SPACE
Aug 13 – Pittsburgh, PA - MuSic for MS
Aug 19 – Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
Aug 20 – Philadelphia, PA - Philly Folk Fest
Sept 23 – Nashville, TN - AmericanaFest
Oct 7 – Arrington, VA - The Festy
* with The Low Anthem
For more information on River Whyless, please contact Rob Krauser at REK Room Media, firstname.lastname@example.org or 917.703.8361.